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Mexican Honey Wasp

Brachygastra mellifica


The Mexican Honey Wasp is one of the very few insects other than bees to produce and store honey. The honey is fed to the wasp larvae, and is their primary, if not sole, food source. The honey produced by these wasps is consumed by humans, though the nectar from certain common plants can result in the honey being toxic.


Southern U.S., Mexico, Central America. All habitats except very dry areas. The nests are constructed of paper & are placed among the branches of trees and shrubs.

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Quintana Roo, Mexico

Lat: 20.28, Long: -87.41

Spotted on Dec 27, 2011
Submitted on Feb 7, 2012

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